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Describing their feelings of inferiority when they encountered the fabled giants of Canaan, the spies said: “We were in our own eyes as locusts, and so were we in their eyes.”[15]

Said Rabbi Mendel of Kotzk: “We were in our own eyes as locusts”—fear and intimidation in the face of one’s adversaries—is bad enough; worse still is the sense that “so were we in their eyes”—concern about how one is perceived by others.

Adapted from the teachings of the Rebbe by Yanki Tauber

[15]. Numbers 13:33.


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